No commitment on Cockhill Bridge yet, but councillors pleased after meeting Minister

‘It was a constructive meeting’


A cross-party delegation of county councillors met with Minister for Transport Pascal Donoghue at Leinster House on Wednesday to press for a new bridge at Cockhill.

While they received no commitment that the required €3 million in funding will be made available, the councillors said they got a good hearing and have taken a significant step forward.

Councillors Albert Doherty, Bernard McGuinness, Jack Murray, John Ryan, Paul Canning and Rena Donaghey all travelled to Dublin for the meeting. Senior council official John McLaughlin and area manager Seamus Hopkins also attended.

“It was a constructive meeting,” Sinn Féin’s Jack Murray said.

“The Minister took our concerns on board and said he was left in no doubt about the importance of a new bridge at Cockhill.

“No commitment to providing funding was made, but I think we’re closer to securing it now than before.”

Fianna Fáil’s Cllr Rena Donaghey said that it was a ‘good meeting’ with all councillors given an opportunity to contribute.

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